I’d never heard of a busman’s holiday before? Nor had I thought I’d ever been on one!
noun: busman’s holiday
- a holiday or form of recreation that involves doing the same thing that one does at work.
“a fire crew’s Christmas outing turned into a busman’s holiday when their coach caught fire”
While Shelly is away, I thought it would be a good opportunity to take some time off from shooting to take the wheel of the good ship Toy Photographers. I’d been running low on motivation and inspiration and thought this would be the perfect chance to recharge and reenergise. And while I thought I’d relish the break, I found myself doing what I usually do, a busman’s holiday.
Shelly and I share the load of the social media management. We take turns pushing posts out to IG and Facebook. We take the reins of the newsletter on alternate months, editing and sending out the weekly recap.
Just leave the subway a station
You’re on holiday, not vacation
Frenzal Rhomb – Holiday Not Vacation
Admittedly, it was my month to send out the newsletters, and with Shelly away, I only have an extra 3 or 4 social media shares to take care of each week. And, thanks to our wonderful regular contributors here, the posts take care of themselves. But the chance to step back from my creative slump and focus on the admin seemed just the thing I needed to recharge my creativeness. Or so I thought?
With my self-imposed break from shooting, I found myself doing what I usually do. I was planning shots, scouting locations and even documenting the sun at different times in our backyard. And whilst I never pressed the shutter button once, I’m pretty sure I took more photos in my mind that I would’ve if I was shooting.
Not picking up the camera made me think more about ideas. So many concepts rattled around in my head. Planning shots that I had no immediate intention of shooting took more elaborate twists. Tales grew from simple ideas.
So, maybe a busman’s holiday was just the ticket I needed to get things back on route again?
Have you ever taken some time off? Did you manage to actually take a break? Or did you find yourself doing what you usually do regardless?
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